Why The Catalyst Building Will Be Your Best Friend!

So, the new Catalyst building at Edge Hill University may be my favourite building on the campus. Seriously, ask anyone who knows me because they will tell you that I spend a lot of my study time there. Don’t worry though, I still manage a social life.

I thought that it would be a fun idea to talk a little about the Catalyst building and sing its praises through a list of why I believe it will be your best friend as a student of Edge Hill University.


  • The Top Floor – I was going to save this point until the last but as I am currently writing this on the top floor, I couldn’t wait. This floor is known as the quiet study space, with a computer suite and a separate space with tables for those with their own laptops or who just have a lot of highlighting to do. This is the perfect space for people who prefer to work in quieter environments like myself and enjoy a spectacular view over the campus!

 

  • The Café – We’ve all been there, you’re typing away and suddenly you get an overwhelming urge for something sweet and a hot beverage. Well, you are in luck because the 53.3 Degrees Coffee Shop has everything from brownies, tea-cakes, sandwiches (vegan options also) and a range of drinks to choose from. You can all guess where most of my money goes to…

 

  • The Staff – I don’t think the catalyst would be as great as it is without the amazing staff that keep it running from 8AM – 8PM every day! There is always somebody at the ‘help-desk’ ready to direct you anywhere you need to go or tell you information about the services available.

  • The services – This leads me nicely to my final point about what the catalyst has to offer. You didn’t think there were just books and a café, did you? You can talk to people regarding accommodation, money/jobs, transition difficulties or the well-being and counselling services. Make sure you follow the link provided below to find out more about the many services available to students.

I really could go on all day about why I love the Catalyst, but I thought I would leave you wanting more.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and please don’t hesitate to ask me anything about Edge Hill University, as I am more than happy to help you!

P.S, did I mention that the Catalyst is open 24/7 for all students? However, this does not mean that you leave assignments to last minute…

For lots more information please follow this link –  https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/location/catalyst/


And, as promised, here is my inspirational quote of the blog!

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m Possible!”

– Audrey Hepburn –

My favourite spots on campus! 😍🌲

Hey everyone!

I’ve seen a few people on Twitter today saying they’ve had offers from Edge Hill, and on campus today people have been graduating. Full circle! If you’ve been offered a place, congratulations! Today I wanted to share my favourite spots on campus, and to try and persuade you that Edge Hill is not only the best university but also the most aesthetic! 😋 

Catalyst (The library) 📚 :

 

The Catalyst is where I spend most of my time, if not in bed sleeping or in lectures. It’s only just opened for this academic year and I don’t know what I would have done without it. It’s stunning and is a great place to study, on your own or with friends. They have isolated booths if you want to block everyone out or group rooms if you want to work with your friends. It caters for everything and everyone. (There’s a little clip here to show you a more detailed view of the inside!) It’s amazing to have this comfortable space to go to if on Tuesdays (student night) you have to work and the accommodation area is a little noisy.

The Hub 🏢 :

I don’t spend enough time in this place. Every time I pass through there always seems to be something on in there. I walked past the other day and captured the picture above – I loved this idea! 💕 There’s an abundance of places to get and grab food in here but they also have people come in on certain days and set up stalls selling food from Asian street dishes to homemade treats. Not only this, the real winner here is the fact they serve Starbucks! ☕️

The Lakeside and the duckies 🦆 :

I’m lucky enough to live in an area of campus where I get to pass these beauties every day. It’s adorable in the mornings when they’re all on the grass nestled into themselves. It just starts your day off the right way seeing such beautiful nature, literally on your doorstep and it’s a lovely stroll in the morning. As you can tell by the pictures above, it’s hard to get near them. You can usually find me in the mornings trying to stroke one, probably shouting something along the lines of: “Please come here and let me love you!” 

My room 🙋🏽 :

The Edge Hill accommodation is truly amazing. It, of course, differs on price range. I live in Chancellor’s South and it’s a perfect size, so cosy and the view from my bedroom window is amazing. I’m really lucky with where I was allocated. I spend the majority of my time here and it’s a great workspace. Make sure you try and look around the halls of residence if you come to visit!

 

That’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed a little insight into some of my favourite spots at Edge Hill. The university campus is stunning and I feel very lucky to live in such a nice place. Thanks for reading, see you in my next post! 👋🏼

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3 Things to Make You the Favourite Flatmate – Living at EHU

Three Things to make you the fav flatmate


Moving into a flat with new people can be  daunting and exciting all at the same time. Believe me, i’ve been there, and I know that you want to make a good impression from the moment you walk in the door. Over my first year there were a number of things that were great about my own flat but three things stand out that just made the experience better. So without taking up any more of your time here are three things that you too can bring with you to make you the favorite flatmate, at least in my flat.


1. Games

And not just drinking games, although they are great too if your flat is into that. Monopoly is just such a good game to play with mates. Everyone ends up either laughing or shouting because someone was cheating the whole time and the banker can never be trusted. If you want to know who your true friends are, its the ones who bail you out when you are about to go bankrupt in monopoly. Beer pong, truth or shots and a deck of cards for Kings (Someone told me they call it Ring of Fire here, that’s wrong though just saying) are also awesome ways to get ready for a night out.


2. Good food

This one is a little more difficult. When we say good food we don’t actually mean a take away or pizza, we mean a good recipe. If you can make a curry that draws everyone out from their rooms then you know you are onto a winner. This makes a lot of sense around Christmas time. Not a lot of students can make a full Christmas dinner  but if you are willing to take on the challenge your flatmates will thank you. Try pick a night for flat dinner night in. We had Mondays, my favorite was the time we made pizza. Shoutout to everyone in Blake 101-108 who was there.


3. Firestick / Chromecast / Something with Netflix

The TV provided in the kitchen is unfortunately not a smart TV and this can make watching movies a real pain. Bring a cheap fire stick or something else for maximum flat happiness in the kitchen at all times. For music during cooking, nights out and movies late at night or early in the morning having some form of device on your kitchen TV is going to make the flat fitter, happier and more productive. And in turn you will be praised trust me.


That’s everything. Take these three things and you will be praised, trust me. If you want to learn more about what other useful things you should bring to university check out my other post here:

Walking out the door – Getting ready to leave home for Edge Hill University

And if you want more free and great advice email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

The Student Opportunity Fund

Hi everyone!

One of the many amazing things about Edge Hill includes the student opportunity fund, this fund can allow students to go on placements or internships who wouldnt be able to afford it otherwise. The fund also covers the cost of travel and accomodation expenses as well as money for productions for films and presentations.

The fund will help you do things like this if it will enhance your employability after you graduate and provide you with transferable skills, every year each student is provided with up to £2000 from the opportunity fund so they really can help you with some amazing experiences!

To be eligible to apply for the Student Opportunity Fund, you will need to be:

  • Registered on a programme leading to the award of an undergraduate degree, integrated Masters degree, DipHE, foundation degree or PGCE. This excludes inbound Erasmus students;
  • Studying full-time or part-time. Part-time students are required to be studying a minimum of 60 credits in the year of application;
  • Domiciled in the UK, EU, Isle of Man or Channel Islands.

It really is an amazing thing to be able to lean on for support, especially as without this service we would not be able to do some of the amazing things we could do!

If you would like to apply for the student oppurtunity fund you can apply online

for more information click here

Ellie 🙂

 

Our Students Union shop

Hi everyone,

The students union shop is a really great place to visit when on campus! Here are a few reasons why

  • Merchandise! This is the only place to get your official Edge Hill merch, you can buy anything you can think of from hoodies to sports wear as well as teddy bears and stationary! Also, they are doing a 12 days of christmas offer on christmas jumpers which are such a bargain!
  • Uni essentials – You can get your uni essentials in the shop as well such as snacks, cleaning products, krispy kreme doughnuts and stationary!

 

  • Subway – Also located within the SU shop, right in the very heart of campus is the subway. It is definitely one of my favourite things about our campus, you can have as many delicious sandwiches as you want without even having to leave the university!

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Ellie 🙂

Housing workshops

Hi everyone,

Next week brings the return of Edge Hills housing week, this can be daunting for first years who are looking for their second year accomodation but this week is all about helping you and saving you a lot of stress. So here is what will be going on throughout the week

  1. House hunting workshops

Campus life will be holding lots of housing workshops throughout the week in order to provide as much support for students as possible alongside the money advice team and the students union advice center. These sessions will provide advice on:

  • Contracts & deposits
  • Tenancy Deposit Schemes
  • Budgeting advice
  • Things to know once you have moved in/moved out of a property

2.  Annual housing fair

On the same day as the fair, the accommodation team release the official housing list, this is super useful as it only contains accredited landlords and makes your life a lot easier. The housing fair as well has lots of stands to help and advise you on renting privately, as well as the careers service being on hand to help with any part time jobs queries. All in all this is a really helpful event to go to so make the most of it if you can!

Remember not to rush into getting a house that you can’t afford as you will find something that suits you and your friends eventually!

I thought I could include this video made by NUS about renting a house in the hope it helps you!

Ellie 🙂

It’s never too late…

There’s a constant pressure within society to follow the norms; first school, then college, university and then hopefully find the dream job. Unfortunately it doesn’t always work like that. However, we all have the chance to make our own path. I’ve just turned the beautiful age of 26, a sentence which is very scary to write. I’m that much closer to 30 with a desperate urge to hold onto my 20’s. Anyone else know the feeling? I wish I could stay young forever!

For my first blog I wanted to talk about the big decision I made this year, paving the first stones of my very own life path. I decided to FINALLY follow my dream and study BA (Hons) Early Years Education with QTS. There was no other university than Edge Hill, one of, if not the best establishments for teaching in the UK. 

Working within retail management for 5 years, I have been very fortunate to learn so much about myself and how I fit into the business world. I have loved working with people and built a lot of confidence professionally. However, there was always something missing. The dream of being a teacher was always at the forefront of my mind. I really felt I was destined to make a difference in someone’s life, especially in the very beginning of his or hers.

I strongly believe there aren’t enough male teachers in this world. In fact, in 2017, only 15% of Local Authority primary school teachers were male (Department of Education, 2018). That’s not enough. It’s increasingly important for younger children to be exposed to men in caring and nurturing roles. How amazing for a young boy to see a strong male role model belting out Humpty Dumpty?! If, by becoming a teacher, I can help to break the norm whilst enriching the lives of others… I’m Game!

In all honesty, I was petrified to restart my life again. Going back into education at the age of 26 scared me. I applied through clearing and within two weeks I was sat in my first lecture, and to this day I couldn’t be happier. The campus is absolutely stunning and the facilities are first rate, and constantly evolving and improving. Meeting new people also scared me. I was quite comfortable with the people I had in my life and thought there was no need for anymore.  I’ve never been more blind! I’ve met some amazing people in this short time who have enriched my life in ways I never imagined possible!

I think the main thing I want to say is; it’s never too late. Don’t be scared or put off by changing your life for the better. I had to keep telling myself that going to university for the second time wasn’t a set back, but a LEAP forward into bettering my future.

If you are wondering whether university or Edge Hill is for you? The answer simply must be yes! Here’s a little video of the beautiful campus to show you exactly why Edge Hill is for you!

Thanks for reading!

Rowan

Christmas at Edge Hill

Hi everyone!

So, Christmas has well and truly arrived at Edge Hill so I thought I could share with you some of the things that have been going on throughout campus in order to get us all ready for the festivities in a few weeks time!

The campus life team have been really busy putting up THREE trees in the catalyst building! I love how Christmassy campus is beginning to look and the trees are looking great.

Campus life are also putting on lots of Christmas events from now until the end of term, for example today you can visit the catalyst and decorate your own bauble to put into the tree! They are also doing a trip to the Manchester Christmas markets so keep you’re eyes peeled!

The town centre is also looking extremely festive now that the official Christmas lights have been switched on – the town council are also putting on some amazing events such a Christmas markets. Also, festive food and drinks are now being served in the local cafes – Cobble does an amazing gingerbread latte!

Decorations really do mean the start of Christmas and some students have been getting especially creative when it comes to decorating as they have made a Christmas tree out of Pepsi cans!😂

We only have three weeks to go now until the end of term so whilst you are trying to keep to your deadlines you can also make sure to enjoy the festivities at the same time as this time of year is great for bringing students together!

Ellie 🙂

Gaming at Edge Hill – 3 Reasons to join the Video Game Society


Gaming is becoming a bigger and bigger entertainment source. With the explosion in recent years of E-Sports and Virtual Reality based gaming the entertainment industry has estimated that by 2021 gaming will make up a whopping $29 billion. So if you enjoy your gaming, on any platform from PC to tabletop the Edge Hill Video Game Society have you covered, and here’s why:


1. The people

The VGS is full of interesting characters of all backgrounds but what brings them together is the common interest of all things gaming. You will meet friends here and everyone has a laugh. Everyone is open for a chat and you don’t have to worry about showing up alone, someone will spark up a conversation.


2. The games

There is never a dull moment at VGS when it comes to games, a plethora of both classic and modern games are played every night at VGS. Nintendo is usually on the big screen with classic fighting games but expect others like Rocket League, Halo, Call of Duty, CS:GO, and more. There is something there for every type of gamer.


3. The Events

Finally in this list is the events. VGS meets twice a week but on so many other occasions they have special events like gameathons and charity fundraisers. One example is the recent 72 hour game jam ran in aid of children in need that raised over £700 for the worthy cause. The 2018 game jam took place on campus and lasted from Friday night to Monday morning with LAN parties and classic gaming. Trust me you don’t want to miss the next one.


If you want to find out more about the EHU VGS check out their page on the official EHU SU website here!

And if you want more free and great advice email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

My journey to Edge Hill and some tips for yours! ✈️👩🏽‍🎓📜

The Proclaimers may be willing to walk 500 miles, but what about 4,056 miles? Granted I didn’t walk from Saudi Arabia, but with it being my home for so long, moving across the world was pretty daunting.

Hi, I’m Amy! 😊 I moved to Ormskirk all the way from Saudi Arabia, it’s been my home for almost 13 years so it’s quite a big change, in routine, culture but most importantly, weather. ☔️

Moving away from home can be scary, even if you only live down the road. I’ve moved around a lot in my life so I’m kind of used to it. However, this was the biggest move so far for me, as I was moving away not only from home but from my family.

It feels like yesterday I was panicking about my personal statement and UCAS application and now I’m 8 weeks into the course and loving it. I miss home every now and again but I love what I’m doing and that makes it worth it. It’s hard in the first couple of weeks having to adjust to the new life and routine but once you get settled in and you meet lots of great new people you’ll start to see why people love uni life so much. It is very unique and something you have to experience. 🍻

Here are some little tips to keep in mind:

1.  Stay calm. 💆🏽 Your personal statement and application are, of course, important but trust in yourself and you will be fine. Try and get to an Applicant Visit Day or Open day and if your desired course requires an interview, make sure your prep for it! The interview process I went through was challenging and I was the most nervous I’ve ever been but stay calm. The staff at Edge Hill are so supportive, you will be fine.

2. Be organised. 🗂 The to-do list is never ending and there’s so much paperwork coming from all over, it can get on top of you if you let it. Grab a file and make sure you keep all the paperwork together. Make sure you meet deadlines for conditions and student finance and any pre-summer work you may be set. It’s good to get a head start on your organisation so you don’t feel too overwhelmed before you even get here!

3. Save and budget. 💰 Try and get in the hang of budgeting before you come to uni. You may save up a nice bit of money during the summer but it goes, fast. There is luckily a lot of work around Ormskirk, as there are so many little cafes and restaurants. Getting a job will be a big help but remember to budget. You may feel like a celebrity when your loan goes in but if by the second week you’re eating noodles three times a day, you need to look after your pennies! Before you move, maybe start to budget so you can get the hang of it!

Well, that is it for the first post of the year.
I’m excited to share my experiences with you all.
Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions,
we’re here to help!  💕

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